Sunday, June 29, 2008

Summer News

I love summer. My kids are out of school. It's warm enough to take the Dana outside to write and I have plenty summer releases to keep readers happy. The eagerly anticipated (according to readers) continuation of my personal mini-series from Harlequin Presents, the Royal Brides, happens this July and August. Look for "Forbidden: the Billionaire's Virgin Princess" in book stores now and "Hired: the Sheikh's Secretary Mistress" August 1st.

For those of you who prefer mass-market to tradesize, my Brava Mercenary Trilogy, "Ready", "Willing" & "And Able" are being released in mass-market form this July, August, and September.

To celebrate all of these releases, I'm hosting contests on her website and all over the net. I will also be hosting a month long blog party from June 30 to August 2nd, with multiple weekly prizes, super-interesting guest bloggers and never before posted excerpts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Guest w/ an Excerpt :)



I’m going to let you all in on a little secret… I have an undeniable crush on the Beast. I know, it’s not much of a secret if you’ve read any of my books, but there’s just something about a tall, strong, furry man with a hint of vulnerability that does it for me. I even have a figure of the Beast that sits on the shelf beside my computer! He loves hanging out with Corin, the inspiration for my faun in Rookery Cove: Faun of a Time available from Changeling Press.

Seriously, was I the only one that was disappointed the Beast had to turn back into a human at the end? I mean, Belle fell in love with him as a Beast, yet the poor Beast had to become human to get his Happily Ever After. It kind of sucked in my opinion. Recently, my sister took me to see Beauty and the Beast performed on stage for my birthday, and we giggled the entire way through the “turning into human” part because she shares my opinion that the Beast was always better looking as a Beast!!!

As writers, we all have inspirations while we write. I know a lot of friends who can’t start writing until they’ve found the perfect picture of the hero or heroine to use as inspiration. I can’t deny it; the Beast was definitely my inspiration in writing about gorgeous Laithe and his siblings. The Felidae are a race of catpeople that are descended from an ancestor that resembled the big cats on earth. The Lion-like Leo’s rule, the Tiger-like Tigris are dangerous but solitary, the panther-like Pardus are born to be protectors, and the Lynx would prefer just to be left alone.

Felidae 1: Laithe’s Pride starts off the fun when an unknowing human runs into two furry men she can’t stop thinking about. Poor Rowan has her work cut out for her trying to decide what to do with Laithe, the burly Leo who intrigues her, and Fahd, Laithe’s black Pardus second in command who ties her up in knots… figuratively, at least for now! Laithe and Fahd have their own decision to make, since they’ve been in love with each other for years. Can these three very different people find love and a future together?

The rest of the Felidae series focuses on Laithe’s siblings and the men they fall in love with. The Pridelands series picks up where the Felidae left off and continues to tell the adventures of various other Felidae… all in their Beasty glory. The next book in the series is Pridelands 4: Griffin’s Joy which will tell the story of Joy Coleman, a completely unsuspecting woman who gets caught between two Pardus twins!

Thanks, Lucy, for letting me and my Felidae come to hang out with you! I heard a rumor that Catan, the Lynx, has a bit of a crush on you!

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Felidae 1: Laithe's Pride by Jade Buchanan
Genre: Paranormal, Sci Fi
Theme: Ménage, Gay/Bisexual
Length: Novella
Price: $3.99
Rowan Brandt needs a life…

Rowan is a plain Jane and she's tired of drawing the short stick when it comes to luck and love. She needs a change of pace, but she definitely isn't expecting a seven-foot tall, fur-covered man to walk into her life. Not only does he get hair on everything, he also informs her that he will be sharing her with his pride.

Laithe Gatti needs a mate…

With males outnumbering females 10 to 1, his odds are poor that he will find her among his people, the Felidae. His pride is depending upon him to find the one woman that completes them, and the seven men are more than ready to make a few changes among the status quo… particularly when it comes to the sleeping arrangements among them.

And then there's Fahd…

Fahd has been trying to change his position in the pride for years. He has always been in love with his pride leader, but Laithe's position and Fahd's temperament ensured they could never be together.

Will the addition of the lovely Rowan change that, especially when she makes it clear that she is more than interested in having them both?

Excerpt

Turning, Rowan saw one of the trees in the holograph shimmer before a door suddenly appeared in its place. Sliding into the wall beside it, the door opened for a massive beast who stalked through the space into the room with her. It was the man from last night.

He was unlike anything she'd ever seen before. Standing head and shoulders above her, he looked close to seven feet tall. His entire body was covered in short, tawny hair. A thick, chocolate brown mane flared out around his head and over his shoulders before trailing a thick line down his chest. The line of dark hair ended at his belly, and Rowan quickly looked away before sliding her eyes back to glance between his legs. Blushing at the fact that she was eyeing up some stranger's package, she darted her gaze upward.

His body was long and stocky. His legs were incredibly broad, the muscles bulging in them even as he stood still. A thick tail swung with a slow swish behind his legs, the tufted end resting on the floor between the heavy pads of his feet. Rowan moved her gaze up his long length, stopping to run her eyes over his thick powerful arms and hands -- paws? -- that looked more like human hands than the animal he resembled. His fingers were long and tipped with short, black nails.

His head reminded her of a cat's. His amber eyes were set back amidst the fur on his face. His nose was wide and topped off by a spot of pink. The fur around his muzzle lightened, making it look like he had a white beard. His long, thin whiskers twitched before he advanced into the room.

He moved at a snail's pace, stepping carefully when he neared her. Almost as if he was afraid of scaring her. Rowan knew she should be terrified, but she was so fascinated by him she was frozen in place.

“Forgive me, Nawra. I did not have any choice but to stun you. I was afraid the journey back to our ship would have been a poor one for you and I did not want you to be sick.”

Rowan stared up at the talking cat man. He can talk? She didn't realize she'd said the words out loud until he answered her.

“Of course I can talk, Nawra. Are you feeling any effects from the stun?”

“You mean besides the fact that I'm standing in a room that can't possibly exist, talking to a cat? No, I think I'm just hunky dory, thanks. Wait, how is it possible that I can understand you. What, you talking cat people actually speak English?”

"We all have translators inserted into our heads when we are young, so we can communicate with any other species we encounter in our travels. It allows us to speak your language to you.” He paused. His tail started to jerk, swinging back and forth while he drew closer to her. “We tried to get you out as soon as we could. You must believe me.”




The look he gave her was so beseeching she felt her heart turn over once before settling back in her chest. She couldn't figure out how she was able to discern any expression amongst all that hair. The only thing she could see was his eyes, but -- wait a minute -- his eyes… those eyes…




“You… I… I know you…” Rowan stepped closer to the giant, lifting a trembling hand to place it against the fur on his face. Looking into his deep, amber eyes, she felt an unbelievable pull toward him. She was compelled to move closer to him, which was utterly crazy! She was positive she'd never met him before.




He remained silent, unmoving, while she ran a slow hand down his face. Reaching up again, she placed her fingers against the fine, silky hairs covering his nose. When she ran a thumb down his nose, he drew in a deep breath, letting it out with a rumbling purr. His ears swiveled toward her as he pushed into her touch.




Rowan giggled at the chuffing sound coming from his barrel chest. It wasn't at all like a cat's purr. It was louder, but he only purred when he exhaled, making her hand tingle from the force of the vibration.




Moving her other hand up, Rowan fisted it in his mane, feeling how soft the hair was. She wove her fingers through it, reaching in to cup the back of his head when he leaned down to allow her room to touch him. A curious melting in her stomach alerted her to the fact that she found the silky threads to be incredibly erotic to the touch. This can't be happening. He wasn't even human. Yet she couldn't catch her breath when he rubbed his head against her hand.




Rowan couldn't figure out if this was actually happening or if it was just a dream, but if it was a dream, then no harm could come to her. If it was reality, then there wasn't much she could do anyway. She could only hope that he wouldn't hurt her. But for some reason, she didn't fear him. Looking into his eyes, a switch flipped somewhere in her mind and she knew he wouldn't hurt her.




“I would never hurt you, Nawra. You must believe that.”






“What does that mean? That word you keep calling me. Wait, how did you know that was what I was thinking about?”




He pushed his face into her palm again, batting his head against the hand that had stopped moving.




“Your face is incredibly expressive, Nawra. It is very easy to tell what thoughts are running through your head.” He shifted his eyes down while he spoke. Somehow, the words didn't quite ring true, but she shook off the feeling that he was hiding something more.




“The nawra flower grows in the fields by my home. They are beautiful and possess the most wonderful scent. When you walk among the grasslands the little nawra flowers are hidden until you press against them. Then they release their fragrance and bewitch you with their smell.”




“Oh.” Rowan couldn't breathe when she looked up at his face. Her heart pounded in her chest.




“May I touch you?” The question was accompanied by another hard press of his head into her hands.




“O-okay,” she whispered.




He crowded her backward until her thighs hit the edge of the bed. Lifting both her arms, he methodically raised them, keeping his gaze on her face. When he pulled her into his body, she gasped at his strength. His entire body was corded with muscle. It was like hugging a wall.

Friday, June 20, 2008

New Kid on the Block is HOT

There's a new Web Based TV Station (less than a year old) - RECtv. Concepted and created by COS Productions, Readers Entertainment online television is focused on offering readers a web channel directed toward their entertainment. They have several genre specific channels and some really outstanding content, like a five minute video of Magic Johnson, author interviews, industry news, the hilarious comedy "Lonesome Loosers" and the most awesome Book Trailers® ever!

Sheila Clover English said, "We wanted to have a station that offered all genres in a variety of ways. We have video, but we also include blogs and podcasts. Soon we'll have a forum as well! . . . Our originals shows have brought in a lot of new fans! We are about to do another season of The LonesomeLosers, which is about a couple of cute-but-nerdy guys giving out love advice using romance novels, but we're creating a new series called MUZE and will have other shows coming at the end of the summer."

But RECtv isn't just a vehicle for videos produced by COS. They're incredibly inclusive. Sheila explains their generous attitude, "Reader's Entertainment tv is different from a lot ofother online book tv sites because we will take anyone's video. We have a Guest Book Video channel where anyone can have their video. You just need toput your video on Veoh.com and send us the link. We don't charge for placement as a way of being supportive to the community."

Cool, huh? :)

Check it out at: http://www.readersentertainment.tv/index.php

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, DQ!

Today is DQ's birthday and we'll be celebrating all day long, not to mention this weekend when we'll take her and ten close friends to the beach for a two nights of fun, sun and sand! LOL

Anyway, I won't be around most of today, but I'd love it if you wanted to share your favorite birthday recollection or tradition? I'll read them tomorrow and draw a winner from comments for their own "Goody Bag".
Mine is being able to pick out the birthday person's favorite food for meals. I'll be making crepes for DQ today. :) On my birthday Hubcap will buy or make tapioca pudding.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wild Wednesday - Be There or Be Square

[Left: The Power of Love authors at the Get Together]

You all know that I just got back from Lori Foster and Dianne Castell's Reader-Author Get Together. It was fantastic. Amazing. And just darn wonderful. I got to meet several readers, industry professionals and authors I had not yet met face-to-face as well as seeing even more again. I got a lot of writing done and turned my book in the day after I got back. Neat, huh?

But I'm on back to back deadlines through the end of the year. Yikes! It's all worth it though, right?
Let me tell you my taxi story and a little about the gathering before I tell you where in the cyber world you need to be today. :)

The Taxi Story

Do I need to preface this for the uninitiated? My family always, always, always has "adventures" on our travels. Apparently traveling without the rest of them did not in any way impact this truth. So, here's the story.

First, I arrived at Cincinnatti Airport pretty much intact. I mean as intact as I get when I'm traveling sans gorgeous hubby and the teenagers. :) So, I get down to baggage claim just in time for my suitcase to come around on the carousel. Perfect timing. (But man, have you been in the Cinci Airport? Nothing and I mean NOTHING is close. LOL) I go outside and look for the taxi stand. I find a line and taxis and it looks promising, but just to be sure I ask if this isn't the queue for taxis of a couple of businessmen and both tell me they believe it is. The fact that they get into taxis shortly after and take off into the not quite sunset looks even more promising. But when my turn in line comes and I wave down the taxi, a woman behind me informs me that is her taxi. I step back, willing to wait, but a little confused. Until a friendly gentleman from Australia (and yes, he was a lovely hunk - very good hero material) informs me that he thinks you have to get a number inside. Now, to say he thinks when he knows was just being nice. ;-) Because he had one of those lovely tickets with numbers on them.

I went back inside and procured my own golden ticket. Well, it was white, but it felt golden. Then, I went back outside to wait for *my* cab with *my* number on it. :) He came shortly thereafter and got me loaded into his nicely cool car. I do love my AC. The car shimmied a bit as we left the airport, but I chalked that up to balding tires and prayed a bit.

As soon as we got out of the airport, off when the AC and down went the windows. Maybe it's because a humid 90 degrees isn't overly hot for Oregon summer weather (where I'm from), or because I'm a friendly sort of person who doesn't like to scream at taxi drivers for not having their AC on, but I didn't complain. I did confirm he knew which Mariott to take me to since there are so many in Cinci. He said, "Yes, yes," with a lovely smile and what I thought at first was an Indian accent. So far, so good.

But a moment later he's talking in a very agitated manner to dispatch. Now, it sounds like he's speaking Arabic (and I did find out I was right on that). I assume he's checking my destination. But a few minutes later (as we are driving in the far right lane) a car passes us and the passenger is yelling something out her window and pointing to the back of the taxi, she's gesturing with her hands but she doesn't speak sign like M2B and I had no clue what she was going on about. The taxi drive kept turning to smile reassuringly at me and said it would be fine. His "cousin" taxi would be by to pick me up.

"Huh?" I'd noticed the smell of burnt rubber, but put it down to exhaust fumes coming in through the open window. Um...Apparently not.

We pull off the freeway and into a Kroger parking lot. The driver drags me out of the car so I can see what the problem is (his English wasn't too hot). There is smoke billowing out of the back tire well. The brakes had failed, or something - but it certainly explained the shimmies on the way out of the airport and as the driver pulled to a stop at the light and then into Kroger's parking lot.

He assured me his "brother" taxi driver would be there soon to pick me up. (Not sure what caused the upgrade from cousin to brother, but later decided it was just the man's grasp of English.) You could just tell the drive was expecting a hissy fit. Me? All I could do was laugh and try to explain that this kind of stuff happens to my family routinely. His relief was delivered with the brightest smile I've seen in a long time and he offered to buy me a drink from Krogers. I tried to demur, but he really wanted to and I was thirsty, so I agreed to water. He came back with my favorite - Dasani, AND my favorite flavor of Sobe. Now, wasn't that nice?

The other taxi did show up and when my driver went to open the back door for me to get in...it was broken. My fellow passenger (had to share at this point) had to slide over to sit by the broken door, so I could be let in via the one that worked. That door was opened and I was presented with a backseat clearly not attached firmly to the car because it had tilted with the other passenger's weight and I could see it's undersprings. *They* looked in pretty good condition though and I got in the car - balancing the seat nicely. I buckled up and was thrilled to discover at this point that this driver did not turn his AC off for the freeway driving.

We had a wonderful discussion and I discovered my fellow passenger was an interpreter (Chinese) and my taxi driver was Arabic and going to school to become a computer engineer while all his brothers had become doctors like their mother. He gave me his card and told me he would be picking me up to take me back to the airport on Monday morning. Oh, joy. He *was* lovely, but that seat was a bit worrying.

However, when I tried to call his cell phone on Monday morning about 5:45 a.m. to verify my ride, he didn't answer. I called the taxi company instead and was informed in no uncertain terms that Jakob was *not* my driver, but there would be someone waiting for me at 6:45 a.m. as promised. Fine. I would get to meet someone new and pick there brain - everything is fodder for a story, you know?

So, what should happen at 6:20 when I climbed naked and dripping from my shower? My cell phone rang. It was my taxi driver and he was waiting out front. 25 minutes early - he wanted to make sure we had plenty of time for traffic. I told him I wasn't ready - he assured me I could take my time. I went downstairs ten minutes later with wet hair and no make-up. Not a great loss, I'm sure. He was another window down guy, so I had my hair blow-dried by the wind - and what do you know? It worked, leaving my hair with just the right amount of curl and really silky. Who would have known?

We had another lovely chat - this gentleman was from North Africa. I made my flight with plenty of time and all was right with my world. And I had another funny travel story to laugh over! :)
The Get Together

[Left: Joni, Kelley Nyrae & me] As for the get together? I spent the whole weekend in awe of Lori and Dianne's generosity and organizational powers! The volunteers were incredible and I was in total alt to finally meet Lady B, Stacy, JudyF & Laurie D. I also got to meet Kelley Nyrae and Anne Rainey in person! How cool is that? Lady B gives the most sincere hugs of anyone I know besides my sister Diane. Stacy is gorgeous and just as nice in person as online. Well, they all are - really, truly!

[Right: Kelley Nyrae, Me & Anne Rainey] I bought a couple of books by authors I'd never read before and am excited to try them out. I sighed lots and lots and lots of books and want to thank EVERYONE who stopped by my table - you made me feel like a million dollars and reminded why I write. I got to spend some special time with Phyllis and made a new friend, Kerin from TwoLips Reviews. Both are total kindred spirits.

And GUESS WHAT???!!! My cousin Lucinda flew down from D.C. to attend. Her family met her there (from different points of origin) and I got to meet her husband for the first time. He's a doll and an ex Marine who was in intelligence. Can anyone say a wetdream of research? Oh, crud, that's sounds bad, doesn't it? LOL Her daughter is about the same age as DQ and just as lovely, if a little more shy. ::g::

So, all in all, it was a fantabulous weekend and I'm thrilled I went and can't wait to go again...in three years (DQ and Noob graduate high school the next two and the weekend of the get together is always too close to graduations to attend when I've got important parties to host, etc.).

If you want to hear more about the Get Together...this is where you need to be today:

Michelle Buonfiglio, who was at the Get Together, is having a reunion at her site, Romance: B(U)y the Book at Lifetime.com. It's a chance to share in the fun if you weren't there and relive a little of it, if you were. :)

Here are the DEETS:
Wednesday, June 18th
Starting around 6am Central Time
Win free books!

Lori Foster is going to randomly choose one commenter from all those who post to win a 6 pack of romances, mailed directly from Michelle.

NB: Visitors need to register at LifetimeTV.com to be able to comment. In Lori F's words: This isn't a sales tool, but is a way of allowing comments, and disallowing offensive commenters. :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Teaser Tuesday - What I'm Working on Now

Just started a new book, it's a stand alone Presents (that means it isn't one of my Royal Brides or connected to another book ::g::). I've been doing tons of research on this one - things like different phobias, adult piano lessons, Greek language and food, etc.

Rather than give you an excerpt tease - I thought I'd share a little of the story idea? Sound good?

Cassandra is an accomplished pianist who had the musical world at her feet until her inability to cope with crowds and the sense of being unsafe outside her home destroyed her ability to perform. A shy, but lovely woman, she has been teaching piano while composing on the side. Her students adore her, both the proteges and those with little talent, but tons of enthusiasm. She has more friends than she realizes, seeing herself as something of a freak and definitely a failure.

Neo grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Athens - a Greek bad boy who once ran with a gang, he is now a powerful American business tycoon. He is so driven, in fact, that his best friend - the other Greek youth who left their shared dark past behind with him and became a doctor - buys piano lessons for Neo as a birthday gift. They argue, but Neo's friend wins and he starts taking classes from the housebound, but brilliant musician.

Neo's immediately attracted to Cass, but shockingly not just in a sexual sense. He's never had a female friend before. And he finds that he likes it. He wants to help Cass break the hold her phobia has over her and with the help of his friend comes up with treatment options he talks Cass into trying. Sublimating his sexual desire for the shy pianist, Neo pursues the friendship with the same zeal he does his business.

This is an HP, so we know it can't all be smooth sailing. Mix in Cass' own feelings of desire for Neo and her fear of being rejected because of her failure and her "best" friend's jealous streak along with Neo's own phobia - the one about making commitments and getting married and you've got a recipe for a truly dark black moment and deeply emotional journey to the HB (happy beginning). :)

What do you all think? Is it too different? Do you like that Neo, the big macho business tycoon is going to try to learn to play the piano? Do you think his friend is going to end up needing his own book? I'm so leaning that way already. LOL

What makes HPs work for you, or my books for that matter? What bothers you - pushes your hot buttons?

Hugs,
Lucy

Monday, June 16, 2008

Guest Blogger - Brand Spankin' New Author

I'm new author, Jami Davenport, and I'm honored that Lucy invited me to guest blog today. Lucy is one of my favorite people and all-time favorite authors.

My first release, "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" is now available from Siren Publishing. I write steamy contemporary romance, equestrian fiction, and romantic suspense. “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?” is based very loosely on a funny incident that happened to a dear friend of mine years ago in our college days. Believe me, with her there were many comical moments, but this one has stuck in my mind.

We’ll call her Stella to protect the guilty. Stella decided to drive from Pullman, Washington, to Seattle for a little shopping spree. She arranged to spend the weekend with her roommate’s family. Stella was always running late because of some catastrophe or another. That night was no exception. She called the family before she left to let them know she’d arrive after midnight. Remember, this is a pre-cell phone era. (Are you getting an idea of how old I might be?) Anyway, they told her they'd be in bed, but the back door would be unlocked. They also told her the location of the upstairs guest bedroom.

Stella arrived about 2:30 am, found the key under the mat, located the guest bedroom, and promptly fell asleep. The next morning, she made her way to the kitchen for breakfast to discover she'd spent the entire night in the wrong house!

Now, my imagination went into overdrive with that one. What if there had been someone in that bed? What if they’d come home to find her in their bed? What if they thought she was a burglar? I batted around ideas over years and finally put them to paper. The result is “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?”

Here's a blurb:
What happens when a reformed bad boy discovers a racy Goldilocks sleeping in his bed on a dark and stormy night?
Jake Reynolds returns home to discover a racy Goldilocks sleeping in his bed. Instead of doing the first thing on his mind or even the second, he hires her to organize his disorganized construction office. When his wealthy family meets the suggestively clad, polyester siren posing as Jake's assistant, they fear he's slipped back into his former role as the family bad boy.

Harlee Davis didn't know she was sleeping in Jake's bed. She was seeking refuge from two storms—the storm raging outside and the storm created by her screwed-up life. When she learns that Jake plans to demolish the very camp she’s been entrusted to preserve, Harlee mounts a crusade.

They wage a war of wills while battling their conflicting interests on a professional level and too much interest on a sexual level. One of them stands to lose everything in a game where there is no winner.

You can read the first chapter here. I’d love to know what you think.

Have you ever ended up in a situation that could have been a disaster, but everything fell into place in a weird series of coincidences?

Jamie :)

Available from Siren Publishing:
"Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed" - Out Now
"The Dance"--July 10, 2008
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Friday, June 06, 2008

James P. Connolly

This guys is amazingly funny and just plain amazing. He's Hubcap and my favorite stand-up commedian right now and has agreed to guest blog here in July. I thought I'd share a couple of his vids from YouTube so you all can see why we think he's so special.






Thursday, June 05, 2008

Thinking Thursday - Real Royal Brides

Women have been fighting the good fight for millenia, positioning for acceptance, equality, personal rights and the opportunity to choose their own futures. In the United States alone, the Women's Movement has seen violence, sacrifice and virulent rhetoric. Women fought for the right to vote, for the right to be seen as separate entitities from their husbands and/or fathers. We fought for the right to work outside the home and then more recently, for the right to stay home with our children if that was our choice. So, imagine my dismay when I watched this vid clip where the Queen tells Prince William and Kate Middleton there will be no engagement, much less marriage if Kate doesn't establish a "proper" career.

It's like the conflict in one of my Royal Brides stories, only this is all too real for the couple in love. I always said my books aren't all out fantasies. ;-)

The thing is, the Queen's attitude really bothers me. Kate turned down a job in February that would have made it impossible for her to visit Prince William the rare time he did have available. Apparently, that's unacceptable. Image is more important than personal commitment and loving sacrifice. At least that's how it looks to me. In fact, from my own experience with in-laws that took a while to come to terms with Hubcap and I as a couple, it looks like an obvious effort to curtail the relationship by demanding a circumstance that is bound to keep the couple apart while the prince completes his military training.

I imagine Kate Middleton will step up to the plate and get herself some kind of career to appease the royal family, but do you think she should have to?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Something More Than a Teaser

Oh, man, I've discovered my own reader Heaven. LOL It's called Daily Lit and it's amazing. Once you are registered (free), you are eligible to subscribe to daily excerpts from hundreds of books. Some are free, some cost money, but you can always get a sampling for nothing. I signed up immediately for "Persuasion" by Jane Austen. For free. :) The entire book will come daily in 95 segments. The cool thing is that if I get into the book, all I have to do is click on a link an the next segment will get sent immediately. But I see this as a way to read books I might not otherwise and to give me a little personal relax moment in my day. You can sign up with the email address for your phone text messaging and get these stories sent directly to your phone or PDA as well. I mean how, cool is this?

From the I "Heart" Presents blog:

Kate Walker’s newest Harlequin Presents release Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife is now available from DailyLit for FREE! This is a special summer promotion available until August 31st.
If you haven’t heard of Daily Lit before, it’s a site that sends you stories in short installments delivered by RSS or email — a great way to get a fantastic Presents story sent right to your computer! Over 200 Harlequin titles are currently available at DailyLit, including Presents books by authors like Sandra Marton, Annie West, and Lynne Graham. (NB from Lucy: Yes, a couple of my titles are available as well.)
"We have had a wonderful response from Harlequin fans using DailyLit to receive these novels, and we wanted to give them something back in return," said Susan Danziger, President and Publisher of DailyLit. “We thought what better way than to offer them a brand new title by one of their most popular authors.”
So head over to DailyLit and snag a copy!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Power of Love

THE POWER OF LOVE
Special Anthology
Trade Paperback
Berkley Trade - June 3, 2008
ISBN-10: 0425221482
ISBN-13: 978-0425221488

12 Original Stories by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Toni Blake, Dianne Castell, Karen Kelley, Rosemary Laurey, Luanne McLane, Janice Maynard, Lucy Monroe, Patricia Sargeant, Kay Stockham & J.C. Wilder

In this engaging anthology of never-before-published stories, twelve award-winning and bestselling authors are united by their unique visions of the resilient woman and her quest for self, for fulfillment, for empowerment, and for an enriching new appreciation for what love really means—and why it matters.

A young woman is torn between the overbearing security of her fiancé and the excitement of an old flame...a desperate wife is forced into the workplace for the first time in her life...an ambitious professional woman finally finds the courage to take control of her career—and her man...an emotionally fragile divorcee finds resolve in the ethereal visitations of an archangel. These are just some of the women who discover and rediscover their wonderfully fallible selves in the shadow of love—romantic love, platonic love, new love, and lost love. You'll be touched, inspired, charmed, and amused by these twelve original stories of disparate longings, unsettled lives, and the power of love.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Mystery Monday - SWAMPED BY SPANIARDS

Hi Lucy - and as always my very special thanks to you for inviting me along to guest on your blog again. I had so much fun last time and I'm really looking forward to being with you and your friends again.

As I write for Harlequin Presents, I often have to decide on the nationality of my hero. And part of the fantasy of Mills & Boon Modern/Harlequin Presents is the fact that the heroes are more often than not Mediterranean men – Italians, Spaniards, and those so very-very popular Greek Tycoons. The Greek Tycoon books just fly off the shelf but I can’t always be writing a Greek hero – that would bore me, and my readers – and besides sometimes it seems that everyone else in the world is writing Greek hero story.

There are characteristics that fit some nationalities, and some that are more suited to others, and so I need to take these into consideration when I’m choosing my hero. And that’s what I’m doing at the moment – starting work on a brand new story. My latest titles (my 54th) has just been accepted and my editor is ringing me this week to discuss future plans so I have to have some ideas to talk over with her. So right now I have just the seed of an idea.

My hero won’t be a Greek though. I wrote a Greek hero the book before last and he was such a strong character that I’ll need to wait for a while before I can think of writing another of his fellow countrymen. And the new man won’t be Spanish either. I love writing Spanish heroes, they have a power and an passion that creates a wonderful hero, one who strikes sparks of his heroine and turns the book into an emotional tango – all fire and burn. But at the moment I have rather too many Spaniards to deal with – as the title of this blog says, I’m swamped by them.

My newest book is out in June. Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife is the title – so that gives away the hero’s nationality, doesn’t it? .And the book I just had accepted (Cordero’s Forced Bride) also has a sexy sensual Spaniard as its hero. He was a bit of a struggle to write – some guys put up a struggle before they get to their Happy Ever After ending , and Santos was one of those. But he’s given in now, declared his love for his heroine and the book is bought and scheduled for next March. But that battle with Santos has put me off writing another Spaniard for a while too.

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, I have Spaniards from the past coming back to join me all over again. Back in 2004, I wrote The Alcolar Family Trilogy – and this year those three books are being reprinted in a 3 in 1 By Request edition in July in the UK. And I had the good news too that The Alcolar Family will also be reprinted in an ebooks ‘Bundle’ on eHarlequin this month. More Spaniards.

Even the special short story I have in the Mills & Boon Centenary Celebration Collection has a Spanish hero! If you haven’t seen these – because they’re just published in the UK – the Celebration Collection is an exclusive collection of 24 novellas by bestselling authors that are being brought out, 2 titles a month, as part of the special publications programme to mark Mills & Boon’s 100th birthday year. The editors have specially picked out 24 classic titles. The colourful covers have a unique retro branding. My story in this collection is The Duke’s Secret Wife which was originally in a 2 book collection Society Weddings, with another title by Sharon Kendrick. The Duke’s Secret Wife is being published in this special edition in August - at the same time as the reprint of The Alcolar Family.

So, as the title of this blog says, I’m swamped by Spaniards, and I think I’ll need to take a break from these guys – sexy and fabulous as they are – and find another nationality for my next Presents hero. Luckily I have a rather gorgeous Italian whispering in my ear and offering to tell me his story . . .

So what about you? What type of heroes do you like best? Do you swoon over a Spaniard, get intoxicated by an Italian, go gaga over a Greek Tycoon – or do you prefer your heroes home grown? I’d love to go write a British hero – or an Irishman – what do you think?

Post your thoughts in the comments and I’ll get Sid the cat to pick out a name as a winner in a couple of days time. I have a special prize of a signed copy of Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife – and I’ll slip one of those Centenary Celebration editions of The Duke’s Secret Wife into the envelope as well.

Happy June!
Kate

PS I have some special good news about my June release, but as I write this blog I can't quite announce it yet. But if you check out my blog - http://kate-walker.blogspot.com/ you'll find the details just as soon as I can post them.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

This Week's Blog Winner

This week's blog winner is:

Michele L.

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